While it is named for and does damage to roses it also feeds on many other ornamental and agricultural plants. Larvae feed on the roots while the adults feed on the foliage, causing the typical damage of weevils as the small notching along the leaf margins. It occasionally causes serious problems in greenhouses. Females deposit more than 200 eggs in masses over a period of several months, gluing them to leaves or into crevices in the bark of trees. Only females are known in this species. Adult beetles or larvae may overwinter. There typically is a single generation, but in warmer regions two generations are possible.
Control with insecticides is aimed at killing the adult beetles, as the larvae are generally going to be in the soil. Since the adults cannot fly they must crawl up stems and trunks of plants to oviposit, and sticky materials on the lower trunks can trap these beetles. Contact insecticides applied to the foliage when adult beetles are present can be helpful.